Monthly Archives: November 2014

Poco a poco: Rebirth of an urban ‘dead zone’?

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

Downtown Ciudad Juárez bustles with a new, unmistakable vibrancy. After years of decay wrought by economic crisis, violence and the disappearance of  cross-border tourism, the historic city center sprouts a new look and feel.

“Little by little” is perhaps the best phrase to capture the fledgling renaissance, as it described by some workers in the zone.

Albuquerque protesters occupy old Route 66

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

Like more than one hundred U.S. cities, Albuquerque, New Mexico, witnessed
forceful protests following the decision of a Missouri grand jury to not indict
officer Darren Wilson for shooting to death unarmed African-American teen
Michael Brown last August.

Ayotzinapa Protests: Report from Ciudad Juárez

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur | FNS Feature

On a day when the world protested state violence against the Mexican students of the Ayotzinapa rural teachers college, Ciudad Juárez was no exception.

The Nov. 20 protest — timed to coincide with the official holiday anniversary of the 1910 Mexican Revolution — produced multiple street protests, the seizure of a highway toll booth, a brief blockade of the Santa Fe Bridge connecting Juárez with El Paso, and poetry brigades. A large multi-media event was staged at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez, where normal activities were suspended for Nov. 20 so students and staff could take a public stand on the human rights crisis gripping their nation.

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